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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 20:11:23 (permalink)
 
Loving the pictorial history and I always hated history.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 08:44:09 (permalink)
I will finish the report this evening... However there may be a continuation
 
Ironically I will be heading back to Richmond this weekend since Sandra has her kids. I got a really good "ding" special on Southwest to BWI and will take the 2 1/2 hour drive to Richmond from there.
 
Because of the bad weather on this trip and being short for time- I missed out on this and really wanted to check it out- so I will be hopefully be spending  all of my time here this Sunday afternoon.
 
http://www.pamplinpark.org/
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 09:44:15 (permalink)
Dale as long as you are driving from BWI, there are a couple of great "peanut soup stops", that you can easily make.
 
One is Mt Vernon Inn.  They have a tavern and a dining room.  It is located within the visitor center, so there is no entrance charge.  Their peanut soup is great.  Also, they serve Peanut soup at Gadsby's Tavern in "Old" Alexandria, Va.   That will take care of regionally correct food for you on way to Richmond.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 09:49:57 (permalink)
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Dale as long as you are driving from BWI, there are a couple of great "peanut soup stops", that you can easily make.

One is Mt Vernon Inn.  They have a tavern and a dining room.  It is located within the visitor center, so there is no entrance charge.  Their peanut soup is great.  Also, they serve Peanut soup at Gadsby's Tavern in "Old" Alexandria, Va.   That will take care of regionally correct food for you on way to Richmond.

 
Greymo,
 
I'm flattered that you and everyone else thinks that "regionally correct" is my forte, however I really don't deserve any of the credit for pre website  Bruce Bilmes Roadfood
The Sterns deserve all the credit for that
Unfortunately I'll be driving straight to Richmond without stopping I'm going to be a "man on a mission"
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 10:24:44 (permalink)
Oh, I was not trying to flatter you.  I just wanted to be sure that you did not stop at a Cracker Barrel on the way!" />
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 10:28:53 (permalink)
Greymo

Oh, I was not trying to flatter you.  I just wanted to be sure that you did not stop at a Cracker Barrel on the way!" />


Actually, after my last experience driving through Maryland, Red Lobster and Bob Evans would be more likely!
(I'm glad I can laugh at that now,  I was ready to cry when it first happened!)
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 10:41:18 (permalink)
Wait.
 
Southwest still puts out Ding! specials?
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 10:46:45 (permalink)
The Travelin Man

Wait.

Southwest still puts out Ding! specials?


I got one when I recently rejoined (downloaded the app) and it was only to BWI. I don't know if it was a promotion or what- either way the restrictions were ludicrous
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 10:52:58 (permalink)
They never had anything good into or out of MCO. I got rid of the thing a while ago. The travel blogs that I read haven't said anything about them recently, so I just figured that there weren't many good deals to be had.
 
Then again, the last "Last minute" deal email that United sent me, offered me the opportunity to fly from MCO-EWR for ~$400 for the weekend. That is not a price point at which an impulse flight would be taken. Doesn't seem that long ago that you could fly from Florida to New York for less than $200 on those weekend deals.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 11:00:17 (permalink)
This was pretty much the last I heard of Ding! fare sales.

I wish they offered something decent. You would think with phone apps and push notifications, they would be able to make something useful. But, alas...
 
Glad you found a good fare for a trip you wanted, though. If I weren't heading out of town myself, I'd be jealous! :-) 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 11:02:23 (permalink)
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They never had anything good into or out of MCO. I got rid of the thing a while ago. The travel blogs that I read haven't said anything about them recently, so I just figured that there weren't many good deals to be had.

Then again, the last "Last minute" deal email that United sent me, offered me the opportunity to fly from MCO-EWR for ~$400 for the weekend. That is not a price point at which an impulse flight would be taken. Doesn't seem that long ago that you could fly from Florida to New York for less than $200 on those weekend deals.

 
My deal was actually "a deal" $78- but I had to fly out late Saturday morning and then forced to fly back first thing monday morning (which is good because then I can just drive the 10 minutes directly to work from the airport and leave my work clothes in my car).  There were no other choices. I would have preferred to have flown home later in the evening on Sunday or spend the day on Monday but then the fare would have been $150...

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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 11:48:36 (permalink)
$78 round-trip is a deal. For that price, yes, there will be restrictions. 

I am resisting every urge to download this now, as I have my summer flex schedule coming into play soon. I will have every other Friday and/or Monday off. So, I could easily book flights Saturday to Monday. 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 13:24:32 (permalink)
Berkely Plantation is quite impressive and it's a good thing you went there on a full stomach - the ham and grits look great!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 17:52:08 (permalink)
WJ, Pamplin Park is well worth the visit. The wife and I spent most of a day there last spring on our Petersburg trip.
We also ate at King's, really good 'Q', IMO.
We toured the Petersburg siege line, visited the Blandford Church, City Point, and other places too numerous to mention. From there we followed the path of Lee's Retreat to Appomattox.
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 17:58:13 (permalink)
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WJ, Pamplin Park is well worth the visit. The wife and I spent most of a day there last spring on our Petersburg trip.
We also ate at King's, really good 'Q', IMO.
We toured the Petersburg siege line, visited the Blandford Church, City Point, and other places too numerous to mention. From there we followed the path of Lee's Retreat to Appomattox.


 
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Thanks for the heads up. Now I'm really looking forward to visiting. I wish I had enough time to visit Appomattox
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 18:37:22 (permalink)
My last meal stop in Richmond took me south to Petersburg 
 
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To the Dixie Restaurant
 
Petersburg in general with it's cobblestone streets is an interesting little town steeped in history
 
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The Dixie Restaurant is a downtown institution that has been around since the 1920's. New ownership a few years ago revived the restaurant and its mostly famous for its chili slaw dogs and daily specials. 
 
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One thing that caught my attention before I went was that they have spoon bread on the menu.
 
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To my surprise I didn't see any fried chicken, however they do serve whole fried wings. I sent a note to the owner via facebook and she told me that they can fry up a bird for me if I gave them advance notice. Well I was all over that! 
 
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The interior of the restaurant screams roadfood with the classic diner motif
 
When I arrived I identified myself as the guy from Rhode Island who requested  "a half a bird" however one thing I forgot to do was reserve an order of spoon bread- they were all out  This is what I came here for. Truly the most disappointing part of my weekend
 
My half a bird arrived
 
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A light crispy shell of an exterior with a juicy and not overly greasy interior. The only minor downfall is that the spices were slightly lacking..
 
For my sides I went with stewed tomatoes and  corn bread
 
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Imagine to my surprise when Nashville Style "pancake" corn bread arrived. It was good although I was hoping for more with the Stewed Tomatoes. Apparenty the Stewed Tomatoes I had at Surrey House 4 years ago has left me spoiled. 

I would certainly return to Dixie Restaurant and try their other specialties, the only thing different I would do is call in advance and reserve my spoonbread. 
 
After lunch I had spoonbread on the brain. And I decided to go to the only other place in Richmond that I knew off hand that had it...
 
Stewart's Fresh Catch
 
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Well, guess what!
 
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Travelin Manned! 
 
(of course it was Monday)
 
Luckily I'm about 5 minutes from downtown Richmond at this point. I spent the afternoon strolling downtown. I walked from Broad Street towards the capital area, visited for a bit with Edgar Allen Poe, then on to Shockoe Slip where I enjoyed a refreshing coffee at the Shockoe Slip Roastery and then on to Shockoe Bottom where they have the farmers market
 
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After a few hours of  walking around town on this beautiful 72 degree sunny afternoon it was time to head back to the airport...
 
Upon my layover in Philly it was dinner time and imagine to my surprise what I found in the airport
 
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Well, I certainly can't turn this down! Roast Pork with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe.
 
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Although it's been several years since I had one. I'd put this one up with the original
 
As I was waiting for my flight back home in Philly, I noticed someone sitting across from me a couple of rows ahead, who looked very familiar. As it turns out it was one of my coworkers, he was with his family returning home from LA- he was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Apparently the show is going to air in June.
 
Boarding the plane   it appeared I was going to arrive home on time. Of course they announced there was a glitch in their control panel and they would need to re-boot the plane... of course I'm in Philly, where else could this possibly happen... Well thankfully we did not have de-plane- I was home a half hour late at 10:30pm... 
 
back to work for two days and then the trip to DC begins (no trip report, sorry) 
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/07 18:45:30
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/07 18:41:45 (permalink)
Dale - What a wonderful way to start your "trip".  I love the history in that region and visiting civil war era and rev war era battlefields.  Your photos as always make a person want to lick the screen.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 07:57:52 (permalink)
CK

Thanks for the compliment- it was good to see you in Cincinnati and I'm glad to see that you are back on the boards.
 
**There will be a likely continuation of this trip report after my continued adventures in Virginia  this weekend....**
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 08:10:08 (permalink)
It seems every time I fly through Philly, I am delayed in the F-Terminal.  Since the remodel and the opening of Tony Luke's.....not even a minute to spare! 
 
Is that sliced, deli style provolone on your hoagie?

 
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 08:22:40 (permalink)
The Dixie chicken looks good (not battered or breaded to death) and I can't remember the last time I saw fried chicken cooked and served without being disjointed first.  It'd be interesting to know how the seasoning compares to the wings that're on the regular menu.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 09:36:10 (permalink)
Joe
That is "sharp" provolone on the sandwich as "advertised" I can only assume it's deli sliced .
 
Brad
 
I've noticed many  soul food and "country cookin'" restaurants down south serve fried chicken that way. Roadfood's own Prices's Chicken Coop in Charlotte is a prime example. I'm not sure why though.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 09:54:49 (permalink)
RKB
WJ, Pamplin Park is well worth the visit. The wife and I spent most of a day there last spring on our Petersburg trip. 
 
Went with my son's elementary school field trip to Pamplin Park some years ago. A very well-done and educational site. Worth the visit.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 11:08:13 (permalink)
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Joe
That is "sharp" provolone on the sandwich as "advertised" I can only assume it's deli sliced .

Brad
 
I've noticed many  soul food and "country cookin'" restaurants down south serve fried chicken that way. Roadfood's own Prices's Chicken Coop in Charlotte is a prime example. I'm not sure why though.

Sharp provolone is almost impossible to slice...it crumbles. Sandwich sure looks good,though!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 11:10:16 (permalink)
Sharp provolone is very hard to slice, especially thin...it usually crumbles. Sandwich looks delicious,however!!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 11:26:13 (permalink)
leethebard

Sharp provolone is very hard to slice, especially thin...it usually crumbles. Sandwich looks delicious,however!!


Yes it was quite good. I couldn't discern any difference from the original. The cheese looked and tasted the same as that served at the original location
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 12:20:24 (permalink)
What a great report!
 
Even though I live less than 100 miles away, I never get to Richmond or Petersburg. The work that's been done to "spiff" them up has been amazing.
 
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 14:47:45 (permalink)
real "sharp" Italian provolone is about impossible to slice,,,it crumbles!!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 14:53:49 (permalink)
leethebard

real "sharp" Italian provolone is about impossible to slice,,,it crumbles!!


I can only summize then, that the "sharp" provolone they serve at the Original Tony Luke's is not real "sharp" provolone
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/08 15:17:44 (permalink)
WJ, if it's aged sharp provy, no, it just won't slice. It will layer in small chunks, but you have to hand-cut it.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/28 18:34:13 (permalink)
2 and a half weeks ago, I returned to the Richmond area for a short weekend trip so I could finally have the opportunity to tour Pamplin Historical Park and the Museum of the Civil War Soldier. At first I thought I was going to compete a trip report, but I want to start a trip report on my recent trip to Charlotte and Asheville. In the interim, I want to bring to the attention one highlight that truly outshined on this trip.
 
Mama J's kitchen
 
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located in the historically African American Jackson Ward neighborhood adjacent to downtown Richmond.
I arrived here well after lunch hour on Mothers Day after my tour of the museum in Petersburg
 
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As you can clearly see the place was packed at an off hour . I'm not sure if its like this every day or because it was mother's day. Either way it appears I was in for something special as  I placed my order and had to wait for a seat at the bar because there was no way I was going to get a table as a single diner.
 
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Today's soup was cream of crab.. but I already knew what I wanted....and here it comes..
 
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Incredibly juicy and succulent fried chicken with a flavorful thin crispy crust sided by cheesy (not goopy) mac n cheese, fresh collared green and corn bread and some unsweetened tea to drink. I deliberatly had fried chicken at three different restaurants in the Richmond area on this trip- Mama J's  was the clear winner.
 
Here's a better view of those collared greens
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Mama J's offers peach cobbler, bread pudding and various cakes for dessert but after this meal, dessert was clearly out of the question
 
Mama J's will clearly find itself on a top 10 list at the end of the year.
 
 
 
 
 
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